YWPA Awards

Zonta’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Our club’s 2018 YWPA Award

Elena Frogameni, Senior at Northampton High School last year, was the award winner from our club. Both of her recommendations from a Northampton School Committee and a Technology Teacher mentioned many amazing things Elena has done, for 2 examples:

Elena has changed the way the School Committee listens to student voices. Shortly after joining the School Committee as the student representative, Elena brought to our attention  the Massachusetts State Law that requires that school Committees meet with a five-person Student Advisory Committee every other month during the school year. Thanks to her hard work and advocacy, Elena was able to bring this to a vote and implement this new meeting between our body and the student representatives.

As our Senior News Producer, Elena spends countless hours helping students development stories with integrity and merit, all the while fulfilling her responsibilities as a full time student, founder and by-law writer of our student union, and student representative to school committee.

Elena, who is now at Mt. Holyoke College, will receive our YWPA Award on Oct. 18, at the  Iconica Social Club starting at 6:30pm, just before the Little Stone film starts (more about Little Stone…)

Last spring, The Northampton Gazette also honored Elena for “inspiring community involvement.”

2018 YWPA Awards from District 1 and Zonta International

Josie Ford, YWPA Award winner for Zonta District 1 and Zonta International.Josie Ford received YWPA Award from Zonta Club of Burlington (Vermont).  She then received the Zonta District 1 Award, and an award Zonta International (one of the 10 recipients).

2019 YWPA Award

We are accepting Applications for the 2019 Young Women in Public Affairs Award until March 4!

Zonta International’s Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) award program recognizes a young woman’s volunteer service, leadership achievements and dedication to the empowerment of women.  Applicants are asked to present written personal statements. 

Download the 2019 YWPA Application – Zonta Club of Northampton Area (.pdf) to learn more.

You can begin now and start thinking about letting us know about your studies, current career interests, especially your plans in volunteer or community organizations, plus activities not related to your school or workplace, as well as activities you participate in this increase your understanding other countries and their different customs. You will also have to ask for two confidential recommendations from adults, not related to you, such as teachers, school officials/employee supervisors or community leaders.

The YWPA program, began in 1990 and offered through all Zonta Clubs worldwide, begins with a local award winner whose credentials are then submitted to District and Regional committees for further possible recognition.  Each level of award offers a monetary prize, the highest honor and funds going to ten fortunate winners of the Zonta International YWPA award.

If you are our winner, we will be giving you some money, and we would forward your Application to Zonta District 1 (New England and Nova Scotia, Canada). The winner of the D1 YWPA will receive $1,500, and will have their application sent to Zonta International, where ten (of 30 districts & regions) will receive additional awards of $4,000 each!